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N.C. wine festivals set for next 2 weekends

By Catherine Rabb
Catherine Rabb
Catherine Rabb is co-owner of Fenwick's and an associate instructor at Johnson & Wales University.

If you’re interested in North Carolina wines, the next few weeks will make it easy to enjoy that. May is packed with wine festivals, with events continuing the next two Saturdays.

These festivals showcase North Carolina wines, and are particularly fun as you can often meet the owners and winemakers at the events. Each festival has a slightly different vibe, but all have entertainment, food, and, of course, excellent wine.

It’s a treat to enjoy a pretty Carolina spring day while sampling wine and listening to music. Festivals are a fun way to try a number of different styles of wine, and to discover wineries whose wine you particularly enjoy.

• May 24 is the North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. This is a big festival, with lots of craft vendors and several dozen wineries participating. Details: www.ncwinefestival.com.

• May 31 is Salute! The NC Wine Celebration in downtown Winston-Salem. The setting is fun, and there are always lots of good food and wine demos at the “Food & Wine University” during the event, with music and crafts. Details: http://salutencwine.com.

Wine Spectator reported this month that the United States is now the largest consumer of wine in the world, drinking 329 million cases of wine in 2013. We have edged out China and countries in the European Union to become the world’s largest wine market in sales by volume.

Lots of factors are driving this growth, but the younger generation is particularly enjoying wine and driving market growth.

You can feel good as you enjoy the events, knowing that you are not only supporting local wineries, musicians, and vendors, but, hey, a new U.S. record as well.

Catherine Rabb is co-owner of Fenwick’s and a senior instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. Email: catherine.rabb@jwu.edu.
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